score: Storm 65 Sting 59 (W) (3-1)
Xtra Notes | Zero
High Note | Not a problem
Style | Traditional
Noise | Loud enough to let them know we were
| Not so many
Psyche | Is this really happening?
| Little girls playing hoops
on the clock in the second half. The Storm are down by 7 points
(it may have been 9). Adia Barnes rips down a defensive rebound
and fights off three Sting players for control. The Storm
charge up the court and score a bucket. I turn to Angie and
say, "Here we go." Just like the end of the Lynx
game the other night, all of the sudden the Storm are playing
with energy, aggression and spirit. In the next two minutes,
the Storm stop the Sting cold and take the lead. They don't
relinquish it for the rest of the game.
this was against the defending Eastern Conference champions
- against a team who has already beaten the Sparks and the
shots that weren't falling in the first half started falling.
The fouls that were all going the Sting's way started going
our way. The Storm became the confident team who was efficiently
executing their offense and the Sting looked confused and
unsure of what to do or who to go to. For the last few minutes,
it was the Storm who were finding a way to answer the Sting
and it was the Storm who were finding ways to force the Sting
game started out U.G.L.Y. The first four or five Storm possessions,
not counting a steal and fastbreak layup, were straight out
of last year. Pass the whole shot clock and take a bad long
range shot with one or two defenders draped all over the shooter.
For the Sting, they were able to consistently get easy layups
under the basket. I'm not sure who was missing their assignment,
but how many times does it take for Tammy Sutton-Brown to
find her self unguarded two feet away from the basket until
someone gets their butt put back on the bench? The Storm were
able to keep the Sting from running away with the game in
the first half, but everything seemed easy for the Sting and
way too hard for the Storm.
first half of the second half continued the story. The Sting
were slowly pulling away from the Storm. Their largest lead
was only 9, but in such a low scoring game that could have
been enough. Actually, let me go a little farther with that
- last year, a 9 point lead with 12 or 10 minutes left in
the game would have been enough.
this year. Maybe it is Sue Bird and her never-say-die tenacity.
Maybe it's Adia Barnes' hard core defense and rebounding.
Maybe it's Felicia Ragland, who hasn't been able to reproduce
her preseason scoring but is still throwing herself and her
body into the fray and on the floor without fear. Maybe it
is Kamila Vodickova who is finally healthy and is starting
to assert her dominance under the basket. Maybe it is Jamie
Redd who is finally getting some playing time and wants to
make sure Coach and everyone knows she can score. Of course,
it is all of these things. Each one is supporting and feeding
off the energy of the other. Sue is the focus and the emerging
leader of this team, but it is definitely a team and a much
improved one at that.
for the SPoG - Stormfans Player of the Game. Alas, I wish
that I could pick only one, but I can't. Tonight's SPoG has
to be shared by Jamie Redd and Adia Barnes. Jamie for scoring
13 points in 13 minutes of playing time and doing it when
it was needed most. Adia was 1 for 11 from the field and,
between her and Sue (4-13), helped account for the team's
dreadful 35.5% shooting. But in my opinion, she was the spark
that ignited the rally at 10:19 on the clock. She played smothering
defense on anyone and everyone, regardless of size or position
(it was somewhat comical to see her trying to keep Summer
Erb out of the paint). Jamie and Adia, this SPoG is for you.
was listed on the scoreboard as being in the starting line
up. The team typically leaves the floor for a few mins after
their warmups and then comes back for a final shoot around
and ball drills leading up to the anthem and the tip. Lauren
was out on the floor and active during the warmups. She did
not return with the rest of the team for the final shoot around
until just before the anthem. The crowd gave her a relieved
cheer when she did emerge. But, she is then introduced as
a nonstarter and sits on the bench for the entire game. What
happened? Did she reinjure herself during the warmups and
require additional treatment - hence the short disappearance
and bench time?
A couple fans who sit down by the bench report that she looked
fairly pissed during the game. Hopefully, whatever it was
will be short-lived and she will be in the game on Sunday
against Mt. Dydek.
attendance. What can I say? We have two of the best basketball
players on the planet on our team and unless the place is
packed full of girl scouts or basketball teams, the Seattle
public can only muster 4000? There was an article by Nancy
Leiberman in which she used the "R" word and Seattle
in the same sentence - that's right - RELOCATION. Not to get
all dramatic and alarmist, but a/ how long is the league going
to let two of its future marquee players languish in a market
that refuses to support them, and b/ what is it going to take
to get the lame ass Seattle fans into the Key? You can't get
any more name power than Sue Bird. It's only a 32 game season
and we're now sitting at 3-1. That's the equivalent of the
Sonics being 8-2 or 8-3 at the same point in the NBA season.
This town would be going nuts if the Sonics started out with
an 8-2 record.
Lewis is actually hurt, but expects to back and available
after 3 games. Angie, SasseSue and Stormrocks all talked to
her for awhile before the game and got some interesting tidbits.
She approved her nickname, but prefers to be "Little
Big Dog." When asked what kind of dog she would be, she
said something mean like a pit bull. Sue said that she seems
more like a Labrador off the court. Takeisha said that she
is a Labrador on the bench and a Pit Bull on the court. She
is looking forward to playing against Rhonda Mapp and some
of the other bruisers around the league. She wants to make
sure that everyone realizes that she is one of only a couple
of draftees left on active rosters from the third and fourth
rounds of the draft. More to come later...
halftime was a couple of little girl teams playing a short
game. It seemed that the ref was definitely in training to
join the WNBA ranks because he refused to call anything and
even let one little girl get slammed to the floor with no
Marciniak's mom was in the family section and got some quality
face time with one of the owners of the Sonics & Storm.
Maybe she was trying to find out if her little girl really
tripped over her own feet during practice.
of the more unbelievable calls of the night - Sonja was called
for an offensive foul for knocking Summer Erb to the floor.
Sure, whatever you say ref. By the way, I've got a coupon
for LensCrafters. How's about you and I go shopping for some